If you've been keeping a close eye on the 2016 United States Election, there's a pretty good chance that you're feeling a bit depressed. With the debate airing tonight, your mood may plummet even further. Of course, there's always the chance that this evening's debate will be filled with intellectual discourse on policy, but, let's be honest, if that were happening you probably wouldn't be reading something designed at lifting your mood.
Even if politics aren't your thing, there isn't exactly a lot of great news going on. I mean, scary clowns are literally roaming the streets. To help make things seem a bit brighter in these dark times, here are ten things that will almost always bring you joy.
Comedies That Are Exactly Your Type Of Humour
Finding a comedy that speaks to your exact sense of humour is rare, but, when done, it can turn any movie into an instant favourite. Watching a movie that never fails to make you laugh, at least a little bit, is a great way to block out the real world.
That First Sip Of Coffee In The Morning
It's almost better than sex, tbh.
A New Book
Bonus points if the book was on sale, or if you've been waiting for its release for ages.
Finding A New Bingeworthy Series
Even if the show itself isn't heavy on the laughs, there is something about finding a new source of escape that can just make your heart happy.
Being able to stay home and do nothing is awesome. Duvet days are rare, but, when you can schedule yourself one, I highly recommend it. They're perfect for enjoying your new favourite series.
Hearing A New Favourite Song
Once my dad would hear a song he liked, he would play it to death. When I was in my teens, I was positive he was going to be the first person to ever wear out a CD by playing a song on repeat too much. It annoyed me to no end, but I probably should have held my tongue. You know that old adage about how we all become our parents? Yeah, well, now I'm the one listening to the latest Arkells single on repeat. Still, there is a certain light feeling that comes with discovering a new song that makes you smile whenever you hear its opening chords.
When Your Favourite Show Is On Your Favourite Streaming Platform
Depending on your budget, you might not be able to afford multiple streaming platforms, so it's a pretty awesome feeling when your favourite series shows up on your preferred platform. Even if you have more than one, not needing to switch back and forth can be a perk, especially on your lazy duvet days.
Like John Mulaney says, there's really no sweeter, more instant relief.
Cute Animal Pictures/Videos
I don't care who you are; everyone has one animal that they go a little gooey over. For me, it's foxes. Others may have particular breeds of dogs, certain types of cats, sloths, teacup pigs, etc. I guarantee you that even Donald Trump has a soft spot for some type of animal. I mean, it's probably some type of wasp or something, but I'm sure he's got one. In any event, there is a certain happiness that can be found in watching your favourite animal do cute things.
Bonding With Friends, Family, And Colleagues
One sure-fire way to bring yourself some joy is to bond with your friends, family, and colleagues over something -- anything. It could be your love of the same cutesy animal, your theories on the latest episode of a favourite show, or even team up to crack a few jokes about the state of the world.